Joseph Mallord William Turner

Edinburgh Castle: March of the Highlanders

c.1834–5

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 86 x 140 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Bequeathed by R.H. Williamson 1938
Reference
N04953

Display caption

This highly compressed but intricately detailed and densely populated view of Edinburgh from Calton Hill was made as an illustration for Fisher's 'Illustrations to the Waverley Novels', 1836-7. Turner based it on material gathered during earlier visits to Scotland, particularly those in 1801 and 1822. Walter Scott, the author of the 'Waverley Novels', complained of Turner's tendency to include 'highlanders in every Scottish scene'.

Gallery label, June 1993

Catalogue entry

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